The benefits of participating in undergraduate research are numerous. Consider:
A more meaningful undergraduate experience
Research provides students with the opportunity to explore their majors in greater depth, to design courses and projects more closely tailored to their individual areas of interest, and to obtain first-hand research experience in their fields.
Excellent preparation for graduate or professional school admission
Graduate and professional schools are looking for students who are not only accomplished learners, but who also have the ability to conduct research. Undergraduates who seek out research opportunities in their undergraduate years improve the likelihood of being admitted to prestigious graduate and professional programs.
Excellent preparation for the workforce
The ability to think through a project start to finish and to work independently as well as cooperatively with other staff members are key traits employers seek. By conducting undergraduate research, students demonstrate these and other skills and have a proven track record of project management.
IUPUI Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a campuswide program designed to encourage undergraduate research and other creative projects in all disciplines. An Undergraduate Research Symposium is held each year to showcase student work. The program also enables students to apply for grant support for their projects as well as travel money to facilitate their participation in professional meetings within their discipline.